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of 2012, just days after the brutal murders of four americans in the diplomatic outpost in benghazi, libya, i was perhaps to say outright that our government loyed to us about what happened. it is been two years, and through subkwent hearings and leaks and investigative reports and ever- changing reports from the current administration, i never had to recant or clarify my original blunt statement. this week judicial watch finally obtained bombshell e-mails revealing that the top white house aide instructed susan rice to go on shoes and spin the loy that benghazi was due to a video. ine caught with the pants down, the white house continued to play the american public for fools, giving comments like these from white house press hack jay con man carne. >> why are you would hoking back the information and why was it not turned over to the congress and released with all of the other e-mails and it is directly relevant. >> john. >> why did it take a court case. >> i can say again and dpaen and you can keep asking again and again. this document was not about benghazi. >> right? not only president
policy failure also is after the removal of gadhafi in libya, what was the follow-up? in addition to that on egypt, i'm not making that up. it's in the document that they provide to susan rice to prepare her for the sunday shows. >> there it is. here is the problem, hillary clinton was the one who was supposed to a, testify, and go on the talk shows. what's the reason for the terrorist attack? she was the one who had to have said, well, it was the video that caused the attack. they knew she couldn't do that because she was going to run in 2016 and they could not throw her under the bus at that pointt so she hits her head. cou she has to spend two weeks out of commission, can't testify, can't go on the talk shows and they send susan rice to do her dirty work. >> to take bullets. >> she had said that after that. that the video. she's already said that. >> because then that's the point, bob, that they were>> s already too far gone. then they had to get the cover-up and it begs the question of who pushed thegs cover-up. >> who cares? >> i care.e >> if you think russia or china is quak
, libya, that killed four american diplomats. an e-mail showed a white house official played a role and susan race and her talk show appearances. ben rhodes writing in an e-mail two days before that the administration wanted her, quote, to underscore that these protests are rooted in an internet video, and not a broader failure of policy. joining the panel this week, "wall street journal" columnist and deputy editor dan henninger. matt kominski and columnist mary anastasia o'grady. matt, i thought all the e-mails were supposed to have been released long ago. how did this turn up now? >> and so did congress. and all the media. this one came out of the request from judicial watch, conservative watchdog group, who put in a freedom of information act request, saying there's more stuff there, we want to see it. that they fought it, but they eventually released it last month, and among these 41 documents -- >> turn it over to committee, though, in the last few days. >> exactly. to the committee and the judicial watch. and among the 41 documents was kind of -- a fairly long e-mail from ben
is why did an ambassador have little or no real security in a place like libya on september 11th. >> that's a great question. who was in charge of security at the time when we knew that there were a number of attacks, a number of threats leading up to this incident. we knew they had drones in the sky watching ago live video feed as this battle unfolded for 7 to 8 hours. ty woods, of course you remember he was killed tragically in this attack, a navy seal who was killed, said when the bodies arrived back in the united states, hillary clinton looked right into his eyes and still was blaming it on that video. listen. >> well it, came out on the 12th, i'm sorry, on the 14th. this was about the same time that i met hillary clinton when the bodies came in to andrews air force base. and i think i mentioned this to you before. hillary clinton came up to me and i gave her a handshake and a hug. and when i shook her hand she said to me: we are going to have the film maker arrested. >> do you i think this may be te single most shocking thing in the benghazi story. secretary of state doesn't get to
-related terrorist groups in libya. they used those american-provided weapons to get rid of gadhafi. and then the bloodshed didn't discontinue, but it culminated in the attack upon the consulate in benghazi which resulted in the death of american heroes. so the failure of obama's policy was that the weapons and the material aid that was given to al qaeda resulted in the death of these four american heroes. >> let me play for you, and i mention november 28th of 2012. this is a similar statement made by jay carney may 8th, 2013 saying that the white house's only involvement with the talking points and the state department's only involvement in the talking points was just changing in the name consulate. let me play this for you in light of the rhodes memo and what it means for you. >> cia drafted these talking points and redrafted these talking points. the fact that there are inputs is always the case in a process like this. but the only edits made by anyone here at the white house were stylistic and nonsubstantive. they corrected the description of the building where the facility in b
in libya, what was the follow will you please? i'm not making that up. that's actually in the document to susan rice to prepare her for the background. >> hillary clinton was the one supposed to testify and b go on those talk shows and to ask the question what was the reason for the terror attack. she couldn't say it was because of the video. they could not throw her under the bus under the at that point. she hits her head and can't go on the talk shows. and they send susan rice -- >> to take bullets. >> she said the video. >> that was the point, bob. they were already too far gone. it begins begs the question who push the video. >> do you think russia or china is quaking in their boots when they see these ferris buler's running the administration? >> leon panetta was not a child. to blanketly indict an administration and call the names you want to call obama and say that's the whole administration is bull. >> do you know who cares -- whoever runs against hillary rodham clinton for president. you know why? >> it's pure politics. >> you can use benghazi politics. you can vary it. the pr
that they pushed this and they had rice say it and when we had gregory hicks, who was number two in libya say in testimony that his jaw dropped when he heard this, that was the first electric moment. this is the second electric moment. >> not only gregory hicks, but the former director of the cia says when he understood susan rice, they had nothing to do with the video. >> they're making a major distinction between the set of talking points which the intelligence community provided and heavily edited after input from the white house and state department. but that set of talking points didn't mention the video. it wasn't ant the video and susan rice's story was all about the video in concert with all the other e-mails that we saw in the white house issued talking points. when you look at the new batch of documents, you have this reclassification or classification of documents that were previously up classified. the timeline is fascinating. june of 2013, judicial watch makes a request for these documents. august of 2013, the house subpoenas the documents. in february of 2014, somebody somewhere
. despite early evidence that in the 2012 attack in benghazi, libya, it was well planned and organized, the obama administration initially blamed it on an anti-muslim video and called it a spontaneous event. this week, new documents reveal ben rhodes tried to re-enforce the video angle with talking points for administration officials that would, quote, underscore that these protests are rooted in an internet video, and not a broader failure of policy. and even with this latest speculation, jay carney is downplaying questions by calling them conspiracy theories and others on the left are piling on. >> diversion subterfuge. benghazi, benghazi, benghazi. why aren't we talking about anything else? what i know of what i have read in the press about those e-mails, were fairly consistent with what was put out there before. i don't think there's anything new there. >> you have to fill the space with something. i have to tell you, benghazi has filled the space way beyond its life. benghazi is a corpse. they tried to arouse it today, and it fell right back down. >> joining us now from new york,
that the white house engaged in hafty spinning after the tragic attack in libya and now we are filling in the details. public interest faded other things came up. donald sterling and the racist rant which we will talk about. and other newer stories crowded out and now there is interest in what the white house did and who knew what and if there was a cover up. >> you mentioned donald sterling and there was media outrage on that story. do you think that forced the commissioner's hand in acting swiftly. >> that and the disgusting remarks. and captured on the the audio tape that made his way talking to his gal pal. and so much media outrage, and also all of the nba legends coming on the air. kareem. and magic and shaq and michael jordan and expressing their criticism and the nba didn't just fine him and suspend him for a year but try to kick him out of the league. >> it despicable and i am glad what happened to him. >> not any sympathy for donald sterling who has not a pollized. >> and outnumbered. i happen you interviewed the ladies on the show. >> i watched it and i would like to try tha
the president was doing september 11, 2012, when for americans died in libya when it was being attacked. these e-mails as you know by now from our reporting also deal with exactly who was writing what the american public would be told about that response, so on and so forth. we fully expect somebody in the crowd might ask the president about this. this would be the first time he would speak since these e-mails came to light. you heard the president talking about ukraine, the other big news between ukraine and russia is a victim shooting down helicopters. the big news writes now, the select committee. >> that came out while president obama was speaking. john boehner pleadings would call for a vote to investigate benghazi. that is what a lot of republicans have been saying all along. if those reporters have their blackberries on them, i am sure those are more astute reporters to answer questions for president obama, now that we have a select committee, no more reductions. martha: you have not settled on a chairperson for that committee. they di do not know the size ofe committee but this is going
and deadly new violence in benghazi, highlighting fragile security situation in libya nearly two years after attacks that claimed lives of four americans. good morning i'm jon scott. >> jon, i'm arthel neville in for jenna lee today. the attack happened earlier this morning. at least six people were killed when militants stormed libyan security headquarters. government troops later retaking the building after a long firefight. now this as fierce reaction pours in after a top military intelligence official testified that u.s. commanders knew early on that the 2012 benghazi attack was a hostile action, not a protest that got out of hand, contradicting the initial white house narrative. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge following the story so diligently for us from the beginning. catherine, where did the video explanation came from? what did they say now about that? >> reporter: arthel this statement from then secretary of state hillary clinton on september 11th, 2012, at 10:07 p.m. before the attack was over linked benghazi violence to the video. we believe this is the first
and take, the reaction. >> reporter: gregg gave us context for the back and forth. the government in libya is an islamist government that was put in place because of military intervention by the united states. it's under attack by the mill' and the islamist who are the same folks who brought the attack against the up s. compound 2 years ago. i believe what was said to bret baier last night will become the bumper sticker that finally encapsulate and crystallizes what has made americans uneasy about this administration and this incident which is they treated it with what people deem to be insufficient seriousness. bill: now, you move through today and speaker boehner wants john kerry to testify about the emails. what were they before? if the white house won't can explain it secretary kerry should come to the capital, explain why he defied an official congressional subpoena. compare that with darrell issa who suggested that might be criminal. repor>> the speaker is under pre to step things up. this will intensify. but i will point out this illustrates how failed the administration's policy of
killed, we had a terrorist attack in libya that was contrary to the president's triumphant narrative. it flew in the face of his strongest argument for reelection, that he has been strong on terror. there was and this fellow, the sleazy and gratuitously fellow and his colleagues spun the events, they twisted the events that happened in benghazi to fit the narrative. they could not admit it was a successful terrorist attack that took down the ambassador and his three colleagues because that flew in the face of the president's triumphant narrative and his march to reelection. so they spun it. here in my opinion, is where we faltered. we should have concentrated on two things. why did we have such a light footprints in such a volatile country to begin with? where was the security? i almost got killed in benghazi. >> we watched it on the air. >> and i know these militia. they turn on their mother in a heart bet. these are people with no character, no morals, that today their motivation is islam. tomorrow it's money, weapons, whatever it is. we should have had a much stronger footprints t
.s. ambassador to libya. three other americans killed in the attack in benghazi. why the white house blames it on a video caused so much anger in the islamic world when he says they knew that couldn't wasn't the case. >> four individuals died. they are not responding time to get there. may have been able to. we will never know. >> was it a video? >> no. was it a video that sparked a protest? >> no, sir. >> the white house argues these are celted issues but they placed plenty of questions about how all of this skoming out at the time. they suggested blaming attacks on an internet video. carney has said this e-mail was not specifically about benghazi they were released with an entire set of e-mails that specifically included a set of benghazi materials. >> how much time has been sent focusing on talking points that could have been spent on moving forward? >> if the e-mail was not about benghazi why did the white house turn it over to conservative groups seeking information about benghazi? >> you have to look at the employee requests. >> the white house punting on that question. all of this is
that was new? >> >> i think we have learned in state department hearings that the folks in libya did not have any information about a youtube video. we heard the cia station chief say that the video wasn't an issue. now we hear from the military intelligence community, the guy in charge or the deputy in charge of the after afri-con region that this youtube video was a total nonevent. they knew that it was an attack immediately. they suspected ansar al sharia who was an al qaeda linked group. there is really nobody who had any firsthand knowledge of this ever said that it was a youtube video that led to this. >> okay. so there is no youtube video. what difference? >> well, i think the difference is the administration. the higher ups at the state department deceived the american people when he this constantly went over and over again said to the parents of the fallen we are going to get the guy that made this yup video. they deceived the american people. i think that's important. now, of course, in terms of the military response if it is a youtube video. different response thage physical it was
about, they ignored the stations chief. the people on the ground in libya and they decided to write it out of virginia and on top of that, we have the november 28th, -- i have tape of jay carney saying, no, no, the only change we made was from the consulate to diplomatic facility because that was the only thing we had to do. now we know with the speaking e-mail -- hang on, jay the white house was involved in the talking points. >> let me say something else here. there is no explanation legitimate for this. jay carney is lying, not telling the truth when he says this e-mail was not about benghazi because this e-mail became public only because our friends at judicial watch filed a lawsuit asking for documents related the benghazi. a court ordered those to be released and the state department produced this e-mail, which is a response to the benghazi attack. so administration can try to change what it means, but the fact is the words speak for themself. that's number one. >> all right. >> number two, lanny, they handled this wrong from the beginning. certainly we knew three days later,
to the sound of the guns. >> but the u.s. military did not try to save the american ambassador to libya. today, a congressional company tries to find out why. we will tell you what happens. >> clarence thomas saying weighs an uncle tom, what did you mean by that? that certainly wouldn't be, you know, appropriate if it was coming from somebody who was white. >> but i'm black. >> a congressman from mississippi called supreme court justice clarence thomas an uncle tom. where is the media outrage? maybe the guy should own a basketball team. laura ingraham is on it. >> had you a guy who repeatedly raped a 14-year-old girl. and you gave him just 30 days in jail. can you explain that please? >> also ahead, the supreme court of montana overturns outrageous sentence for a child rapist embarrassing the judge who gave it we will update you on that. caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone. the factor begins right now. >>> hi, i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. the benghazi story keeps getting bigger. that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. today, retired brigadi
happened september 11, 2012, killing four americans including the ambassador to libya. some republicans accuse the white house of covering up the attackers' true motives. the white house denies that and says the controversy is political, part of a bogus conspiracy theory. we have live team fox coverage. ed henry at the white house, where he had an intense exchange with press secretary jay carney. but first, let's get to catherine herridge with more on the hearing in congress. >> the retired general tetched that seven hours into the attack on september 11, 2012, they knew at the command center in germany it was direct assault and not connected to a protest or a video. >> it was mayoral on in -- early on in the earning. >> before 3:15 in the morning. >> absolutely. we were -- absolutely. we -- i would have to say probably dismiss that notion by then, by working with other sources. >> and by 3:15, local time, in the morning, on september 12th , 2012, sean smith was already dead, ambassador stevens was missing, and two hours latary mortar attack would kill the former navy seals. level testi
up military intelligence there in libya for the united states military, and he said, no, we knew right away that it was al qaeda. i asked him if al qaeda was on the run or were they growing and expanding? they were growing and expanding. >> there's another scandal i know you're intimately aware of. on the show the other day, you spilled the beans that maybe leader eric cantor would announce a contempt resolution for lois lerner. that it would come next week. now the official word has come from cantor. what are we to make of what will happen next week? >> they're going to have a drama. we'll have some debate on the floor of the house about this. then we'll get the vote. it will be very interesting to see what the democrats do on this. do we or do we not want the truth? are we or are we not going to try to get that truth? that's what's going to play out next week. it will happen with a floor vote and then there are a variety of options the house will have. >> congressman, thanks for your time. >>> fox news delving deeper into the newly released e-mails about benghazi and the admini
it was a protest as early as 3:15 in the morning september 12th. this goes along with the cstation chief in libya told the cheadquarters it was a terror attacks and why the cia top officials. deputy director morel would be writing a talking point that said it was a spontaneous protest. you had military and cia officials saying it was an attack and not a protest. >> clearly the obama administration and hillary clinton campaign if there is such a thing, would like the store tore to go away. jay carney's exasperation every time a question of benghazi comes, it shoes. he tries to suggest that it is dealt with can old news. why is the story not going away? >> well, there are new facts and the old questions don't get answered. a scandal only continues if there are new fact ands there is significance to the ben rhed ones talking points that he wrote for a prep session perfect susan rice came on fox news sunday and other shoes. thesis are talking poips. and no question about it. referring five times directly to the video. the video that sparked the protest in a number of the places. he asked a specific q
such as the station chief in libya who said there was no spontaneous demonstration. >> powerful news day, harris. a lot of information coming forward and finally the answers, and answers to questions that fox news posed right from the beginning. >> yeah. you know, really what's at the heart of this, kimberly, is this idea of perseverance of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, obviously, from the declaration of independence and the idea that we're all safe. so where there's deception or even the whiff of deception and knowing when americans were killed, the american public has a right to know what happened. so we as journalists are tasked with trying to figure out what the truth is, because if you're being deceived, you're being manipulated, and that's not freedom can. we don't know the answers. and you're right, today's a very important day for getting to some of the answers that are unfolding. you've got the hearing going on. there's a little break right now. when it comes back, we'll monitor that for the big, hot moments. a pivotal moment in finding out what's happening and an importan
had without it. >> without it. when did africom start becoming aware of political turmoil in libya? >> well, libya, libya was a country was that we watched, i'm speaking from a j-2 perspective we kept tabs on al the countries there. in the arab spring we knew there could be other effects going across that area. there were really things that we watched were ct oriented and other things that were more broadly, politically affecting and that began to happen. >> when you began monitoring it, when was that? >> that would be in the early 2011 time frame. >> did africom have any role in the decision-making process to intervene in libya and what type of role? >> i'm sorry, sir, would you please repeat? >> did africom have any role in the decision-making process, the direct decision-making process to intervene into libya and what was that role? >> that would be more at the commanders, combatant commanders level than my own. i wouldn't have that information. >> what was africom's role during odyssey dawn? >> the role was to work with other allied partners to the u.n. resolution taking effect
was the message traffic from libya to washington. we expect them to testify there was nothing that message traffic about a protest and nothing about the video. let's listen to congressman jason chaffetz who gave as you present violate yesterday. >> they took a country in libya and turned it into a failed state. one of the people that will be in that room is somebody who is in charge of a lot of the intelligence that they were gleaning in libya. we are going to talk about libya, where it's going, how it's become that failed state. >> reporter: if he testifies he saw nothing in the message traffic about a protest or video that will be significant. as part of our ongoing reporting at fox news we referred to a report september 17, our sources on the ground in libya also said there was no protest and fox received considerable pushback for that reporting. bill: i see darrell is a gaveling the hearing to an opening. let's rinse as this hearing begins. >> ... successes and failures of u.s. intervention in libya. the oversight committee mission statement. we exist to secure two fundamental principles. firs
, on what happened over in libya, in benghazi on that night where four brave americans died. well, now we know that there was a coverup as well because they had redacted, they crossed out all the stuff. then finally we got to see it. yesterday the white house press corps had it up to here. they realized they had been lied to for over a year and it even came down to where jay carney, who apparently is not paid enough because he tries to do a good job for the administration, he said that the benghazi memo that they prepared for susan rice before she went out on the sundayç shows, it wasn't about benghazi, even though at the top of it it said "benghazi." here's jonathan carl. >> you knew full well what susan rice primarily was going to be asked about was the attack, terrorist attack on a u.s. consolate. ambassador rice went on those shows and said the attack in benghazi was rooted in protests over an internet video. we now know that was not true. >> i would point you to what mike morrell said repeatedly in testimony about the?x(áqpáion of the talking points. >> morrell said last month, w
on september 11th, 2012, in benghazi, libya. four americans murdered by a coordinated terror attack. most likely from an al qaeda affiliate. not one person has been brought to justice in the attack. not one. five days after the murders, u.n. ambassador susan rice said this to the world. the information, the best information and the best assessment we have today is that, in fact, this was not a preplanned, premeditated attack, that what happened initially was it was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in cairo as a consequence of the video. >> that was not true. that was not even close to being true. and a variety of people told the white house it was not true. yet, ambassador rice said what she said. yesterday, the watchdog group judicial watch released the damning truth which it procured through the freedom of information act. a memo written by senior white house advisor ben rhodes dated september 14th says that ms. rice was prepped to, quote: underscore that these protests are rooted in an internet video and not a broader failure of policy. again, that despite cia people
. this is three days after 9/11 when four americans, including the american ambassador to libya, are killed. everybody in the chain has said it's a terrorist attack, everyone in the chain is saying there's no protest. and yet this e-mail, if we're to believe jay carney at the white house, had nothing to do with benghazi. it was more about the broad scope of the region. now, imagine that. what are they going to ask about on five sunday talk shows when you have four americans who were killed just days before? they're not going to ask about the other protests that didn't see any americans killed. they're going to ask about that. so then he said that the reason they didn't originally put forward this e-mail to the committee -- they eventually got it to the committee redacted -- was because it didn't deal with benghazi. now, that really strains k-- ab did tremendous reporting on this -- >> we're going to -- we're preparing that right now. this is all breaking at the moment. we're going to have that in a minute, bret. but i want to just go back for a moment and talk about how this e-mail actually
. so god forbid we expose our policy is a failure in libya. it has been 20 months, bill. we didn't even get this e-mail. congress is supposed to provide the oversight. >> the white house argues this only reinforces what we were saying in the beginning. we were working on the best assessment we had at the time. >> here is the first follow-up question. site all of the intelligence and evidence indicating a video was connected to benghazi. go. there is none. there was nothing to support this narrative other than a desire to deflect attention from their ineffective policy. rather than saying we don't know what caused the attack they went to this video in cairo or this narrative a filmmaker in california is the cause of the four murdered americans because week -- we can -- not say it was our failed policy. site the evidence. sdwl >> what is next? >> you would hope my colleagues in the house would be upset that a private industry is getting more information than we are that would we would use the information we have to compel research. >> does this change what you thought about how hilary cli
. double whammy for the president. he had a military action in libya, would thank would show chaos resulted and show terrorists are acting against and killing americans and he says al-qaeda is on the up and bin laden is done. he also said let's reinforce the president's strength on challenges. this is saturday night, everybody important in the administration is cced on this. senator kelly ayotte, who has been all over it, she said this about what this all means. >> we always said r did the video reference come from? now we know it came from the white house. the president is claiming he had been a good foreign policy president, that he had al-qaeda on the run. the other thing in this set of e-mail here that's very troubling is this reference to make sure you mention that al-qaeda has been destroyed. then you saw ambassador rice on every single sunday show saying al-qaeda has been decimated. >> so that e-mail was from ben rhodes who was the deputy national security advisor and maybe -- if you're going think, if it's not the white house trying to be political, which is it clearly looks like w
. let's not forget also the cia stations chief that was actually in libya sent. >> in tripoli though, not benghazi but tripoli. >> at least in libya on the ground much more than the people in washington sent that email to acting director morell that day which said listen, this is not an escalation of protests. that was ignored as well. i guess one question i would have was that ignored because it didn't fit the white house talking points? this t. would be good to know answers from that. >> for the life of me, i don't understand why president obama, on september 18th, which is -- after september 11th on the letterman show and on september 25th, which is even later than that on "the view" is still going with that video thing which is that narrative that was coming out of the white house. i don't understand why they didn't -- i didn't correct him or why he didn't correct himself. >> i will never understand that either. i think that they clung to this narrative because it was a narrative leading up to the election that they had been pushing in terms of al qaeda on the run, al qaeda towar
, u.s. personnel on the ground in libya were reporting a terrorist assault. in a recent interview, rice said she has no regrets about her appearances on the sunday news show. >> that information turned out in some respects not to be 1en 00% correct but the notion that somehow i or anybody else in the administration misled the american people is false and i think that's been amply demonstrated. >> a national security council spokesperson down played the email. the content reflects what the administration was saying at the time and what we understood to be the facts at the time. the administration's statement did not address fox's principal questions did white house personnel specifically brief rice before the sunday talk shows. >> and all of your research begs the question now what else is there that we don't know and we haven't seen? >> one of the allegations we heard today is that these documents were provided to one of the oversight committees on capitol hill but they were so fully redacted, they couldn't tell what the message was in those emails. it took the courts in a federal
into what went wrong in benghazi, libya. you'll remember four americans were killed in a terror attack there in september of 2012. september 11 to be exact, including the u.s. ambassador to libya, christopher stevens. chief intelligence correspondent is live in washington with the breaking details. katherine? >> thank you, jon. good morning. new benghazi documents released through a freedom of information act lawsuit lead directly to the white house and suggest the senior adviser to president obama played essential rule, susan rice, for her controversial sunday show appearances where she wrongly blamed an internet video for the terrorist attack. among the more than 100 pages of documents released through judicial watch is a september 14, 2012 email from ben, an assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for strategic communications. this email with the subject line prep call with susan states that one of the goals for her national tv appearances was, quote, to underscore that these protests are in the internet video and not a broader failure of policy. the email wa
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